Lyme disease

Lyme disease is a serious illness caused by the bite of an infected blacklegged tick. Ticks are small, ranging from the size of a poppy seed to a pea. The size of the tick varies depending on its age and whether it has fed recently. The bite is usually painless so you may not know that you have been bitten.

See your health care provider right away if you:

  • find an attached tick on you
  • experience symptoms of Lyme disease
  • feel unwell after outdoor activities where ticks could be present

Causes

Learn about the causes of the disease, how it is spread, and where it is found.

Symptoms

Main symptoms, what to look for and what to do if you become ill.

Risks

Learn what the risks are and who is most at risk.

Treatment and testing

Learn how the disease is diagnosed and how it is treated.

Prevention

Learn how the disease can be prevented and how to reduce tick habitats near your home.

Surveillance

How the disease is monitored.

Remove and submit ticks for testing

Learn how to identify and remove a tick from your body and how to submit it for identification and testing.

Health professionals

See information for Health professionals.

Awareness material

Causes of the disease, how it's spread, and where it's found.

What we are doing

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